Peter Jackson wows crowd with ‘Hobbit’ Movie Preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

The Hobbit at the Comic Con 2012

Peter Jackson brought about 12-minutes of footage from his upcoming “Hobbit” movie to an enthusiastic crowd at Comic-Con on July 14. The crowd gave the footage a standing ovation.  I will let the trailer speak on its own.

Here is the official text from the movie studio of:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters December 14th, 2012.

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, Aidan Turner, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly, Bret McKenzie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch and Barry Humphries

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever.


Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities

A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

LOTRO – Costume Previews and Old Figures

From Kotaku comes a preview of the looks we can expect to see in Lord of the Rings Online. It’s already great to see that the men and women of Middle Earth get equal coverage when it comes to armor rather than the ladies getting metal bras and panties to the men’s full-body get-up. Massive Black is behind the looks.

Of course, with the Hobbit now on its way, we’re making room for the merch that’s sure to come with it. So if you’re looking for what’s left of the great Lord of the Rings figures, then look no further. We’ve got everything right here: Check ’em out!

Martin Freeman Turns Down THE HOBBIT?

According to, actor Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE, LOVE ACTUALLY, SHERLOCK) was up for the part of Bilbo Baggins in the hotly-anticipated Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit, but unfortunately…

The actor turned down the role in the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book because he had already committed to 20 weeks filming the second series of BBC’s Sherlock, The Sun reports.

“It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career,” a source told the paper. “MGM, who are making the film, only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks.”

They continued: “It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up for another series of Sherlock. It was agonising but he had no other choice.

“All the actors had to read four pages of script to camera which is being shown to Peter Jackson.”

They added: “He is looking for a hidden gem now Martin has ruled himself out of the job.”

Freeman will return to his role as John Watson in the next three-part series of Sherlock.